From 2008 – A hopeful at NY Dragons Dancers Auditions
Our good friend Darlene, who directs the Jacksonville Axe Maidens, wrote to us with some great news about Alumni and Veteran Axe Maidens being selected for new teams.
Veterans Carolyn, Natalie, Courtney and Sara-Marie were selected to the Jacksonville Jewels (ABA Jacksonville Giants)
Veteran Ashley P. was recently selected to the Shark Attack Dance Team (AFL Jacksonville Sharks)
2008 Alumni Micah was selected to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders
Arena Football League returning to Portland
Portland-area businessman Terry Emmert joined others in announcing a new Arena Football League team Wednesday.
The team will begin play at The Moda Center in Portland, in the spring of 2014. It will mark Arena Football League’s second attempt in Portland after the Forest Dragons skipped town in 1999.
This time, the team is owned by Emmert, who owns Clackamas-based Emmert International, a company that specializes in ultra-heavy duty transit. Alluding to the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers, Emmert said sports fans in Oregon are used to seeing a “high-energy, fast-paced brand of football.”
“The Arena Football League delivers that kind of excitement in a unique and affordable family setting,” he said.
Portland will play nine home games at The Moda Center, starting in March. Season tickets start at $99.
Arena Football pits two eight-man teams against each other on a 50-yard indoor field. When a ball is thrown into the crowd, the fan gets to keep it.
Get fired up, Portland dancers. WOOT! The BlazerDancers are no longer the only game in town. (At least, I assume not. Every other team in the league has a dance team. No reason why this one shouldn’t.) More tomorrow, after the press conference.
Sasha already posted about prep classes and auditions for the 2014 Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders, but I would be remiss If I didn’t mention that the Sidewinders were named the 2013 AFL Dance Team of the Year. (They also earned this honor in 2011).
Get ready, Arizona dancers!
Philadelphia Soul Dance Team Searches for New Talent
The Philadelphia Soul announce the open call tryout for the 2014 Soulmates Dance Team will be held on Saturday, November 2 at Dave & Buster’s in Plymouth Meeting (500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462). The open-call audition registration will take place between 9-10 a.m. with the audition beginning promptly at 10 a.m.
Fee for the clinic is $25, but those that pre-register will receive a $5 discount. Pre-registration is available at www.philadelphiasoul.com/dancers where credit cards and PayPal are accepted or cash at the door.
Participants must be a high school graduate and at least 18 years of age by November 2, 2013 with a valid photo ID. Participants are required to wear two-piece dance wear, including a midriff top, lycra shorts and appropriate footwear. Participants will be taught a routine and do not need to prepare their own. Experienced dancers as well as beginners are encouraged to audition. Applicants will be judged on dance ability, appearance, personality and attitude. Must bring dance resume, non-returnable headshot and full body picture. The open-call audition will be closed to the public.
Those seeking additional information about the auditions should e-mail the Soul at email@example.com or visit the official team website at www.philadelphiasoul.com. The 2014 Soulmates Finals date, time and location will be announced at a later date.
This just in: The official word from the LA Kiss organization is there will definitely be a dance/cheer team. The organization is still in it’s infancy (just announced their coach and president last week), so be patient. They will be looking for a director and planning for auditions in the next few months, so stay tuned…
So I was perusing the news the other day, and came across as story about a local dance studio in Northern California, whose students will we performing halftime at a local university. The studio is Dance Academy USA,which is under the artistic direction of one Jane Carter.
Jane Carter…Jane Carter…Jane Carter…I know I know something about Jane Carter. But what is it?
DUDE! That’s Jessie’s mom!
And then it all came back to me. All about Jessie’s mom, and everything Jessie told me a few months ago, and how this is THE GREATEST mother/daughter story to hit Ultimate Cheerleaders EVER. Y’all know how I am always on the hunt for twins/sisters/mother-daughter combos for our “relatives” page. My only excuse for forgetting about this is I am easily distracted and somebody must’ve waved a shiny object in front of my face.
First let’s start with Jessie. Such a sweet girl, that Jessie. Nice in a completely non-annoying way. She looks all intimidating in this photo. Soooo not her personality.
Jessie danced for the Los Angeles Clippers for two seasons (2008-2010).
Then she was with the Charger Grls for a season (2010-11).
After a season off to focus on school, Jessie got itch to get out there again. She had a little over a year before graduating from college, and decided she wanted to experience dance team at the college level. So she auditioned for, and was selected to the world famous Song Girls from the University of Southern California. That’s something new. A college dance team with an NFL/NBA alum in the ranks.
She was on that team last year (2012-13). There’s no telling where she’ll turn up next, but I am convinced she’s not finished dancing. It’s in her blood.
Which brings me to Jessie’s mom, Jane. As I mentioned above, Jane is the Artistic Director of Dance Academy USA. In addition to Jessie, Jane, and her husband Jim have two other daughters; Jamie and Jodie. Jane, Jim, Jessie, Jamie, and Jodie. I’ve seen pictures of the five of them together, and they look like the photo that comes with the frame.
Jim, I am informed, is the only one who can’t dance. Not even a little.
I’m keeping my eye out for Jamie and Jodie.
But back to Jane. This was Jane back in the day:
Like her daughter, Jane, also danced for both the NBA and the NFL. However, it was not for the Clippers and the Chargers. Jane was a Northern California girl, so her experience centered around that area. She started off with the San Jose State Spectrum Dance team in 1983-84. (To this day, Spectrum alumni are consistently selected for the NFL, NBA, and AFL.) A year later, she became a Golden State Warrior Girl.
She performed with that team for two years before spending a year with the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush.
After that, she retired from her career as a pro sports entertainer and opened Dance Academy USA. A couple years later, little Jessie was born, and the rest is history.
These days Dance Academy USA keeps Jane plenty busy. It’s one of the largest. most successful studios in the region. They have 40 instructors, and over 1600 students. They teach hundreds of classes each week. Successful? You better believe it.
But back in the day, it was glam all the way. I have so many questions for Jane about what it was like back then, but if I sit down to figure them all out, this post will go on the shelf yet again. So for now, let’s enjoy the pics. Many thanks to Jessie for all the photos of her mommy
Sidebar: if you know of any sisters, cousins, moms and daughters, to add to the list. Let me know at sasha (at) procheerleaderblog.com
This is more of a Sasha thing, but I’ve noticed a few ladies who switched teams earlier this year, and thought I’d give them a little acknowledgment.
Philadelphia Wings Angel Kacey is now on the New York Jets Flight Crew
Baltimore Blast Cheerleader Kate is now a Gotham City Cheerleader
Miami Dolphins Cheerleader (and Miss Pennsylvania USA) LauRen is now a Charlotte Lady Cat
Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader Demi is now on a Minnesota Timberwolves Dancer
Baltimore Blast Cheerleader Jonique is now a Washington Wizards Girl
Philadelphia Soulmate Kristina is now a member of the Gotham City Cheerleaders Ref Squad
If you know someone else who switched teams, let us know.
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